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Applying clay can increase crop plant populations

Increasing the clay content of sandy soils in the Great Southern region of Western Australia can reduce soil erosion risk by improving crop establishment, potentially increasing crop yields.

A soil erosion management project was conducted in 2015-16 by North Stirlings Pallinup Natural Resources at five sites south of Borden to demonstrate the effect of applying clayey subsoil to sandy duplex soils. Trials Coordinator Laura Page said that in 2015 the clay application generally caused a slight improvement in the plant germination rates of the subsequent crop by improving the ability of the surface soil to absorb and hold moisture.

Regional Team Working Hard To Reduce Eastern Escapee

Once again the Albany region is about to be invaded by the golden blooms of the Sydney Golden Wattle (Acacia longifolia). It has the reputation as one of the worst environmental weeds to invade the South Coast region. The first record for the appearance of this weed in Albany was in 1986. Now, only 30 years later, it is a common species in our local bushlands.

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